Announcing F# support for .NET Core and .NET Standard projects in Visual Studio

We’re pleased to announce that Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 4 now supports F# projects targeting .NET Core, .NET Standard, and .NET Framework through the .NET Core SDK. Some of you have noticed various levels of this support in the first, second, and third previews. We still had a few work items left to complete… Read more

Welcome to C# 7.2 and Span

C# 7.2 is the latest point release of C#, and adds a number of small but useful features. All the features are described in wonderful detail in the docs. Start with the overview, What’s new in C# 7.2, which gives you an excellent introduction to the new set of capabilities. It is worth celebrating that… Read more

.NET Core November 2017 Update

Today, we are releasing the .NET Core November Update. This includes .NET Core 1.0.8, 1.1.5 and 2.0.1 and .NET Core SDK 1.1.5 and 2.0.3. Details regarding the security issues addressed by this release can be seen in the Security Advisory announcement. Security CVE-2017-8585 — Malformed Certificate can cause Denial of Service Microsoft is releasing this… Read more

.NET Framework November 2017 Security and Quality Rollup

Today, we are releasing the November 2017 Security and Quality Rollup. Security This release contains no new security updates. The most recent .NET security updates were shipped with the September 2017 Security and Quality Rollup. Quality and Reliability This release contains the following quality and reliability improvements. CLR Code optimization bug for x64 C# code… Read more

Modernize existing .NET apps with Windows Containers and Azure

As part of the series of posts announced at this initial blog post (.NET Application Architecture Guidance) that explores each of the architecture areas currently covered by our team, this current blog post focuses on introducing the new “Modernize existing .NET applications with Windows Containers and Azure” eBook which you can download here. Just as a reminder,… Read more

Welcome to C# 7.1

With C# we have always tended towards major releases: bundle a lot of features up, and release less frequently. We even went so far as routinely omitting the traditional ".0" when we talked about C# 6.0! In the C# 7.0 "wave" we are trying something new. Tools such as Visual Studio upgrade on a frequent… Read more

Moving to real time test discovery in Test Explorer

Real time test discovery is a new Visual Studio feature that uses a Roslyn analyzer to discover tests and populate the test explorer in real time without requiring you to build your project. This feature has been introduced in Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 2 behind a feature flag. You can try it out by… Read more

Entity Framework 6.2 Runtime Released

Today we announce the availability of EF 6.2 runtime in NuGet.org. Entity Framework (EF) is Microsoft’s traditional object/relational mapper (O/RM) for .NET Framework. To understand the difference between EF6 and EF Core, please refer to our documentation. How to obtain the new package You can install EF 6.2 either using the “Manage NuGet Packages” option… Read more

.NET Core Performance Profiling with Intel® VTune™ Amplifier 2018

This post was written by Varun Venkatesan, Li Tian, and Juan Rodriguez, engineers at Intel. They are excited to share .NET Core-specific enhancements that Intel has made to VTune Amplifier 2018. We’re excited to have a new tool to use to help make .NET Core faster on Intel chips. Intel has been a strong partner in the development… Read more